Many of us may have slept through the event but at least one dedicated skywatcher got up early Wednesday to trek into the Berkeley Hills and capture these images of the rare Super Blue Blood Moon.
The last time the moon aligned itself in this manner Andrew Johnson was President and
Jesse James had just committed his first robbery. It’s a big thing to sky watchers and photographers and Ed Koo of Lafayette was sufficiently motivated to record it all on film.
NOTE: Click on Ed’s photos to enlarge them!
The Blood Moon occurs because the Earth is passing between the Moon and the Sun, which gives the Moon a reddish tint to it. It’s caused by light bending around the Earth because of gravity passing around a portion of the atmosphere, more commonly known as a lunar eclipse.
A Blue Moon combined with a Supermoon (when the Moon is at its closest point to Earth and appears to be 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than normal) is an extremely rare phenomena known as a Super Blue Blood Moon.
The last time all of these heavenly parallels aligned simultaneously in North America was 1866.